The Places of Migration in United States History OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Course on the History of U.S. Immigration by MIT

Published Feb 20, 2009

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'The Places of Migration in United States History' looks at various cities in the U.S. in order to study migration within and to the U.S. from about 1850 to 2000. The OpenCourseWare from MIT is an undergraduate history course.

The Places of Migration in United States History: Course Specifics

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The Places of Migration in United States History: Course Description

The U.S., from its earliest beginnings, has been a country built by immigration. This course, from MIT's History department, explores migration (moving from one area to another (cross borders or to a new country) because of a change i.e. food supply) in the U.S. from the 1850s to the present day. Migration is looked at from the viewpoint of various places within the U.S. It looks at European migrants in Lawrence, MA, Caribbean migration to Tampa, FL, and Asian immigration to San Francisco's Chinatown.

The course is divided into two sections. The first section considers mass migration in the 1800s from Asia and Europe. The second part looks at mass migration from 1965 onwards. Along the way, the course considers ideas and depictions of immigration that have influenced population characteristics and the economic and political vista of present day U.S. The original course included a trip to Lawrence, MA, and New York City. Professor Christopher Capozzola teaches this course through a series of readings and lectures.

'The Places of Migration in United States History' includes lecture notes, assignment and project descriptions, links to suggested films and a reading list, which includes additional online material, archived syllabi and past students' papers and memos. To learn more about immigration history, visit the migration in U.S. history course page.

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